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TAX WON'T PIRATE PUBLIC FUNDS; POLL REVEALS STEEL CURTAIN

          A new Tribune-Review/WPXI-TV poll has found that support
     for a proposed regional sales tax which would benefit the
     construction of new stadiums for the Steelers and Pirates
     "has inched upward," according to Sandra Skowron of the
     Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW.  In the new poll, 66.4% of the
     respondents opposed the tax, with 53.4% saying that they were
     "flat-out opponents."  A poll conducted by the paper two
     months ago found that 71% of the people were opposed, with
     52.2% "staunchly against" the tax.  Voters said that offers
     made by the Pirates and Steelers to contribute to the
     projects "did increase" their support.  Also, "about" 38%
     said that they think the Pirates "will leave" if the
     referendum fails, while 34.9% feel the team will stay.  The
     survey of 901 voters was conducted October 17-22, and has a
     margin of error of +/- 5.7% (TRIBUNE REVIEW, 10/26)  

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